Play with words



The mission of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association (PMCA) is to promote the arts and preserve the artistic and cultural heritage of Bucks County. The PMCA is committed to the active endorsement of the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of what we do as an organization and for all program participants.

In harmony with that mission, the Phillips' Mill Drama Committee established "Play with Words," a juried one-act playwriting challenge for students in grades 7 to 12.

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 3 pm, we will celebrate the student playwrights whose winning plays were selected to be read on the stage at Phillips’ Mill by actors in front of a live audience. Friends and family and teachers are welcome. The playwrights will also receive a cash prize of $100.00 and a commentary of their work written by the jurists. Visit the Phillips' Mill events calendar for more info.

2024 Winning Plays

Congratulations to this year's winning student playwrights.
Click Here to watch highlights from the 2024 reading of the winning plays.

“I Spy”
Finn Anderson, Upper Dublin High School, Grade 12

“The Finale of the Magnolia Tree”
Matilda Bray, Solebury School, Grade 12

“The Great Bake Fiasco”
Corinne Brintnall, Tohickon Middle School, Grade 7

“The Calamity Crew”
Saskia Cooper, Pennington School, Grade 10

Srikar Pothuraju, West Windsor High School, Grade 11

“The Blame Game”
Avigail Wus, Pennsbury High School, Grade 9

Finn Anderson

Finn Anderson is a young playwright based in Montgomery County. He finds inspiration in the abstract and submerges himself into the unknown in an attempt to uncover the truth in his writing. Anderson plans to attend a four-year university for Creative Writing and English.

Matilda Bray

Matilda Bray is a poet, writer, and advocate for children’s literacy. Her second book of poetry was published in March 2023 through Moonstone Press. Her work has been published in Open Door Magazine, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Neshaminy Journal, Rattle, and more.

Read More about Matilda in this Bucks County Herald article.

Corinne Brintnall

Corinne is a 7th-grade student who lives in Bucks County. She loves to draw, paint, color and do crafts. Every year around Thanksgiving or Christmas, Corinne writes a play for her family to perform. In her free time, she enjoys playing outside, writing and drawing comics, crocheting and spending time with her older sister. She has been in a number of plays with her acting class and she also loves to sing.

Saskia Cooper

Saskia was born in Westminster, England, in 2007 and moved to Princeton, New Jersey, in 2011.  She is a sophomore at the Pennington School. Saskia is a devoted member of her school’s theatre program working in costumes and acting. She prides her work for being fun and ridiculous while still being moving. “The Calamity Crew” is her first official work.

Srikar Pothuraju

Srikar has always been very interested in plays and films. The sound of dialogue and the magic of drama unfolding before his eyes never fail to mesmerize him. He is eager to explore the nuances of human emotion, and his creative journey is fueled by a relentless pursuit of the artistry that transforms words into unforgettable moments. This black belt also takes an interest in competitive tennis, football, and biology.

Avigail Wus

Avigail is a freshman at Pennsbury High School, where she enjoys participating in theater and her school’s debate club. Outside of school, she is an avid reader who writes in her spare time. “The Blame Game” is her first attempt at playwriting, and she would like to thank her parents, her sister Ana, and her grandparents for always supporting her throughout her endeavors. She wishes to thank Mrs. Rowlands and Mrs. Pesature from Quarry Hill for supporting her writing journey.

Watch Highlights from the 2024 Reading

Read more about this year's Play With Words Challenge in this Bucks County Herald article.


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Illustration of the Phillips' Mill -Artist: Kathie Jankauskus